Charges dropped against 12 UFS students, 9 released on warning

Students are demanding Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen step down.

Protesting students spray painted names of various African leaders on trees at the University of the Free State's Bloemfontein campus over what they call a lack of transformation at the university. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - Charges have been dropped against 12 students arrested for public violence at the University of the Free State, while nine others have been released on warning.

Twenty one students, including a journalist, were arrested on Thursday when violence erupted on the Bloemfontein campus after students rejected management's response to their demands.

Students are demanding Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen step down.

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Yesterday, students accused the police of arresting the wrong people and targeting them simply because of the colour of their skin.

Police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse an angry crowd of protesters who rejected management's response to their demand that Jansen resign.

SRC president Lindokuhle Ntuli says Jansen isn't acting in the best interest of promoting equality on campus.

"It's not about Professor Jansen as a person. It's about the culture of the university. It's about how this university must be transformed, regardless of where we come from and regardless of our colour."

He says Jansen is painting a false picture in the media of what's really happening on campus.

The Human Rights Commission says it's investigating claims of police brutality aimed at students, which will be submitted to police watchdog, Ipid, for investigation.